First results (population change, age structure and household size)

Headlines

  • Surrey population now 1,132,400.
  • Recent increase in birth rate is reflected in an increased number of under 5s, who now make up a greater proportion of the population than 10 years ago.
  • Older people aged over 65 also make up a greater proportion of the population than 10 years ago.
  • Population is growing faster than the number of households and average household size has increased, reversing the long established trend.

Total population

The usually resident population of Surrey, counted by the 2011 Census was 1,132,400. This is an increase of 73,400 (6.9%) since 2001. The fastest growing borough is Epsom & Ewell which has seen a 11.9% increase in population since 2001, while Runnymede has seen the lowest increase of 3.2%.

Table 1: Population change by Local Authority

Area 2011 Census 2001 Census change % change
Surrey 1,132,400 1,059,000 73,400 6.9%
Elmbridge 130,900 121,900 9,000 7.4%
Epsom and Ewell 75,100 67,100 8,000 11.9%
Guildford 137,200 129,700 7,500 5.8%
Mole Valley 85,400 80,300 5,100 6.4%
Reigate and Banstead 137,800 126,500 11,300 8.9%
Runnymede 80,500 78,000 2,500 3.2%
Spelthorne 95,600 90,400 5,200 5.8%
Surrey Heath 86,200 80,300 5,900 7.3%
Tandridge 83,000 79,300 3,700 4.7%
Waverley 121,600 115,700 5,900 5.1%
Woking 99,200 89,800 9,400 10.5%

Age

The largest 5 year cohort is aged 45-49 with a population of 89,700. This reflects the baby boom of the early 1960s. The fastest growing cohort since 2001 is the 60-64 age group which has increased by 35%. This reflects the post war baby boom.
Table 2: Surrey Population by 5 year age group

Age 2011 Census 2001 Census change % change
All ages 1,132,400 1,059,000 73,400 6.9%
Age 0-4 71,300 62,800 8,500 13.5%
Age 5-9 65,800 65,600 200 0.3%
Age 10-14 67,600 65,300 2,300 3.5%
Age 15-19 67,700 59,800 7,900 13.2%
Age 20-24 61,500 56,400 5,100 9.0%
Age 25-29 62,200 64,200 -2,000 -3.1%
Age 30-34 71,900 79,700 -7,800 -9.8%
Age 35-39 81,000 88,500 -7,500 -8.5%
Age 40-44 87,700 78,900 8,800 11.2%
Age 45-49 89,700 71,500 18,200 25.5%
Age 50-54 76,600 78,700 -2,100 -2.7%
Age 55-59 65,600 64,000 1,600 2.5%
Age 60-64 69,400 51,400 18,000 35.0%
Age 65-69 54,300 46,600 7,700 16.5%
Age 70-74 43,600 41,400 2,200 5.3%
Age 75-79 37,700 35,400 2,300 6.5%
Age 80-84 28,900 24,900 4,000 16.1%
Age 85-89 19,100 15,700 3,400 21.7%
Age 90+ 10,900 8,200 2,700 32.9%

Gender

Overall 51% of the Surrey population is female and 49% male. The proportion of females is greater in the older age groups as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Surrey population by 5 year age group and sex (population pyramid)

Key age groups

Under 5

The population aged 0-4 has increased by 13.5% since 2001. This age group makes up 6.3% of the population, up from 5.9% in 2001.
Table 3: Change in population aged 0-4 by Local Authority

Area 2011 Census 2001 Census change % change
Surrey 71,300 62,800 8,500 13.5%
Elmbridge 9,400 8,000 1,400 17.5%
Epsom and Ewell 4,600 4,000 600 15.0%
Guildford 8,100 7,100 1,000 14.1%
Mole Valley 4,600 4,600 0 0.0%
Reigate and Banstead 9,200 7,800 1,400 17.9%
Runnymede 4,800 4,300 500 11.6%
Spelthorne 6,000 5,200 800 15.4%
Surrey Heath 5,100 4,900 200 4.1%
Tandridge 4,900 4,800 100 2.1%
Waverley 7,300 6,600 700 10.6%
Woking 7,300 5,700 1,600 28.1%

Figure 2: Percentage of population age 0-4

Over 65

The population aged over 65 has increased by 13% since 2001. This age group makes up 17.2% of the population, up from 16.3% in 2001.
Table 4: Change in population aged 65+ by Local Authority

Area 2011 Census 2001 Census change % change
Surrey 194,500 172,200 22,300 13.0%
Elmbridge 21,400 20,000 1,400 7.0%
Epsom and Ewell 12,600 11,300 1,300 11.5%
Guildford 21,400 19,700 1,700 8.6%
Mole Valley 17,800 15,300 2,500 16.3%
Reigate and Banstead 22,700 20,600 2,100 10.2%
Runnymede 13,400 12,600 800 6.3%
Spelthorne 16,600 15,100 1,500 9.9%
Surrey Heath 14,500 11,000 3,500 31.8%
Tandridge 15,400 13,300 2,100 15.8%
Waverley 23,800 20,400 3,400 16.7%
Woking 14,900 13,100 1,800 13.7%

Figure 3: Percentage of population age 65+

Over 85

The population aged over 85 has increased by 25.5% since 2001. This age group makes up 2.7% of the population, up from 2.3% in 2001.
Table 5: Change in population aged 85+ by Local Authority

Area 2011 Census 2001 Census change % change
Surrey 30,000 23,900 6,100 25.5%
Elmbridge 3,600 3,000 600 20.0%
Epsom and Ewell 1,900 1,700 200 11.8%
Guildford 3,200 2,600 600 23.1%
Mole Valley 2,700 2,200 500 22.7%
Reigate and Banstead 3,800 3,000 800 26.7%
Runnymede 2,000 1,700 300 17.6%
Spelthorne 2,300 1,700 600 35.3%
Surrey Heath 1,800 1,300 500 38.5%
Tandridge 2,300 1,800 500 27.8%
Waverley 3,900 3,200 700 21.9%
Woking 2,300 1,800 500 27.8%

Figure 4: Percentage of population age 85+

Households and household size

The total number of households in Surrey, counted by the 2011 Census was 455,800. This is an increase of 22,600 (5.2%) since 2001.

In contrast to the trend over recent censuses of a decreasing household size, the average household size in Surrey has increased from 2.38 in 2001 to 2.43 in 2011. Average household size has increased in all districts except Tandridge.
Table 6: Households by Local Authority

Area 2011 Census 2001 Census change % change
Surrey 455,800 433,200 22,600 5.2%
Elmbridge 52,900 50,600 2,300 4.5%
Epsom and Ewell 29,800 27,400 2,400 8.8%
Guildford 54,000 52,400 1,600 3.1%
Mole Valley 35,800 33,600 2,200 6.5%
Reigate and Banstead 55,400 51,700 3,700 7.2%
Runnymede 32,700 31,700 1,000 3.2%
Spelthorne 39,500 38,400 1,100 2.9%
Surrey Heath 33,500 31,700 1,800 5.7%
Tandridge 33,300 31,600 1,700 5.4%
Waverley 49,300 47,200 2,100 4.4%
Woking 39,500 36,900 2,600 7.0%

Table 7: Average household size by Local Authority

Area 2011 Census 2001 Census
Surrey 2.43 2.38
Elmbridge 2.45 2.38
Epsom and Ewell 2.48 2.41
Guildford 2.42 2.37
Mole Valley 2.35 2.35
Reigate and Banstead 2.42 2.38
Runnymede 2.36 2.34
Spelthorne 2.4 2.34
Surrey Heath 2.52 2.48
Tandridge 2.43 2.44
Waverley 2.38 2.36
Woking 2.49 2.41

Response rates and estimation of population

The figures presented in this report are the estimated total population based on the actual census count and data from the Census Coverage Survey. The overall response rate for Surrey was 95%.

The Office for National Statistics has undertaken a rigourous quality assurance process on these estimates using a range of administrative data to validate them.